Re-opening of the exhibition “Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art” at the Astrup Fearnley Museet

Extension of the exhibition until September 6th, 2020

Inaugurated on January 31st, 2020 and closed since mid-March due to global lockdown, the exhibition Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art  at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo (Norway) reopened its doors to visitors on June 16th, 2020! The exhibition will be on display until September 6th, 2020. Gervanne and Matthias Leridon are supporting this major exhibition through the loan of works by three major artists from their collection: Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa), Rigobert Nimi (DRC) and Billie Zangewa (South Africa).

This reopening is an opportunity to plunge into the discovery of “Galaxie, ville du futur”, a monumental work commissioned from the artist Rigobert Nimi by Gervanne and Matthias Leridon in 2015. A true urban utopia, this work is being exhibit to the public for the first time as part of this exhibition.

Rigobert Nimi, « Galaxie, ville du futur », 2015 – 2017, 400 x 200 x 150 cm
©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon

This unique exhibition aims to highlight the originality as well as the diversity of African artists living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. The exhibition shows an impressive diversity in terms of materials, techniques and narratives. Impregnated in their political and religious contexts, the exhibited works lead the viewer to question and reflect.

Rigobert Nimi, « Galaxie, ville du futur », 2015 – 2017, 400 x 200 x 150 cm
©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon

Find all the information to this exhibition here


To honor the artists and celebrate their art, Gervanne and Matthias Leridon hosted an Artists Party on February 12th, 2020 in Tarrystone, in which part of the Leridon’s collection unique artworks were exhibited.

The event successfully welcomed more than 350 artists and 850 guests !

The Artists Party 2020 – Video editing ©Ebert Steyn

“Tomorrow, there will be more of us” Stellenbosch Triennale

Exhibition from 11 February 2020 – 30 April 2020

The Stellenbosch Triennale aims to make Stellenbosch the primary destination of multi-disciplinary art in Africa by tapping into the creative impetus that is reverberating across the continent.

In this framework, Leridon Collection has offered its first artistic grant to the artist Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson. The artist had been financially helped and has benefited from professionals to help her create an original artwork for the Curator’s exhibition at Stellenbosch Triennale 2020.

Gervanne and Matthias Leridon with Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson
at Stellenbosch Triennale 11, 2020 ©Elodie Gregoire

Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old Ghanaian artist whose practice revolves around an interest in the material and industrial processes (seen in her recent works with synthetic plastics) as well as nature.

Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where she obtained first-class honors in Fine Art from the Department of Painting and Sculpture in Kumasi. 

Gervanne and Matthias Leridon with Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson
at Stellenbosch Triennale 11, 2020 ©Elodie Gregoire

“Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art” exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museet

January 31, 2020 — May 17, 2020

Gervanne and Matthias Leridon Collection support the exhibition through the loan of major artists’ artworks from the African continent.

The monumental installation «Galaxie, ville du futur», commissioned by Leridon Collection to the artist Rigobert Nimi has been exhibited for the first time at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo. Created between 2015 and 2017, the artwork is entirely composed of recycled materials (aluminium, wood, metal and plastic) and electric materials.

Installation view of Rigobert NIMI’s artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur ». Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020 ©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon
Rigobert NIMI in front of his artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur »
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020

Billie Zangewa‘s artworks “The Rebirth of the Black Venus » and “White Christmas” as well as Nicholas HloboNalo ikhwezi alinyulu”  ribbon on canvas are also part of this exhibition.

Nicholas Hlobo “Nalo ikhwezi alinyulu”, 2015. Ribbon on canvas
©Nicholas Hlobo, courtesy Collection Leridon
Exhibition view of “Nalo ikhwezi alinyulu»’s artwork, Nicholas Hlobo.
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020
©Nicholas Hlobo, courtesy Collection Leridon
Billie Zangewa in front of her work “the Rebirth of the Black Venus”. Astrup Fearnley MLuseet, Oslo – January 2020
Installation View of “The Rebirth of the Black Venus », Billie Zangewa,
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020
©Billie Zangewa, courtesy Collection Leridon

The exhibition “Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art” curated by André Magnin is presented at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. The title of the exhibition refers to the brightest star in the constellation of the Southern Cross, located in the Milky Way. This major exhibition on contemporary art from Africa features works that illustrate the diversity and originality of artists living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Alpha Crucis is the last chapter in a series of exhibitions launched in 2005 by Director Gunnar B. Kvaran that have explored art scenes in different countries and continents. The exhibitions have covered the US, Brazil, India, China, Europe, and now Africa.

Installation view of Rigobert NIMI’s artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur ». Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020 ©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon

Participating Artists: Seni Awa Camara (1945, Senegal), Omar Victor Diop (1980, Senegal), John Goba (1944–2019, Sierra Leone), Kay Hassan (1956, South Africa), Romuald Hazoumè (1962, Benin), Nicholas Hlobo (1975,South Africa), Lebohang Kganye (1990, South Africa), Houston Maludi (1978, DR Congo), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (1970, Sierra Leone), Senzeni Marasela (1977, South Africa), JP Mika (1980, DR Congo), Fabrice Monteiro (1972, Belgium), Rigobert Nimi (1965, DR Congo), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (1970,USA), Chéri Samba (1956, DR Congo), Amadou Sanogo (1977, Mali), Billie Zangewa (1973, South Africa).


Freddy Tsimba’s “Encore un effort” artwork exhibited at Congo Biennale

Monumental artwork “Encore un effort” by the artist Freddy Tsimba exhibited on the occasion of the Congo Biennale, Kinshasa, from October 20th to November 21st, 2019.

More than 40 artists, designers, architects, art historians, curators, art critics from five continents have been invited to realize a project in the cosmopolitan city of Kinshasa.

Installation View « Encore un effort » of Freddy Tsimba
présented in Kin Art Studio for the Congo Biennial
©Martin Lukongo, courtesy Collection Leridon

« Encore un effort » is a monumental artwork realized in 2011 by Freddy Tsimba and entirely made of cutlery (spoons and forks). Used, they cover the floor and are collected by children from the street to whom Freddy bought it. From those waste materials of society, the artist creates an artwork that speaks of those who are hungry.

Freddy Tsimba « Encore un effort », 2011
©Martin Lukongo, courtesy Collection Leridon
Freddy Tsimba and his artwork “Encore un effort” at his studio in Kinshasa
Matonge district. September 2019

Born in Kinshasa in 1967, Freddy Bienvenu Tsimba graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. Among other merits (of which the silver medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Ottawa, Canada in 2001), he received a diploma of honor at the Béziers International Plastic Arts Fair. The artist has been the ambassador of DR Congo in several festivals around the world.

In his district of Matonge, he does not imagine in his tender youth that by making models of cars in wire he scares a bright future in the world of Congolese sculpture. Freddy Tsimba to this day exploits bronze, metal, cement. Through his sculptures, he deals with the essential questions of humanity and tries to denounce the tragedies caused by the war and the harmful aspects of the Congolese economic situation.

Freddy Tsimba and his artwork “Encore un effort” at his studio in Kinshasa
Matonge district. September 2019

Leridon Prize attributed to Beya Gille Gacha and Adejoke Tugbiyele

The Leridon Prize was awarded on October 10, 2019 by Gervanne Leridon at the BISO Biennale Internationale de Sculpture of Ouagadougou.

Gervanne Leridon surrounded by members of the BISO Jury – Biennial International Sculpture of Ouagadougou

Congratulations to the two winners: Beya Gille Gacha and Adejoke Tugbiyele!

Created at the initiative of the Burkina Faso photographer Léon Nyaba Ouedraogo and the contemporary art sales manager of the Piasa house, Christophe Person, the first edition of the Biennial International Sculpture of Ouagadougou (BISO) is held from October 6 to November 15th 2019.

Born from a Cameroonian mother and a French father, Beya Gille Gacha uses beads inspired by the Bamileke tradition to cover her sculptures. Her series of ORANTS questions the themes of childhood and education. In ORANT # 5, a child breaks the concrete floor to reveal the earth and plants three highly symbolic and fertile trees: Shea, Nere and Bamboo. The artist wanted to recall the visionary word of Thomas Sankara, who instituted planting a tree at every great event. Breaking the framework imposed by education and society, this child dares to take his place in society and creates a new future, placing environmental and ecological issues as priorities.

ORANT #5, 2019 Dimensions variables ©Beya Gille Gacha
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Born in the United States and raised in Nigeria, Adejoke Tugbiyele is a committed queer artist. Her works celebrate the diversity, sexuality and individuality of black women and minorities, calling for a better balance between the sexes. Traditional brooms – historically associated with women – are transformed into lines and shapes that celebrate the essence, beauty and strength of women. Inspired by the vision and legacy of Thomas Sankara and his women’s liberation movement, the sculpture titled “Angel” suggests the presence of bi-spiritual beings full of feminine energy who may present themselves as divine angels.

Untitled, 2019. Dimensions variables ©Adejoke Tugbiyele
(détail) Untitled, 2019. Dimensions variables ©Adejoke Tugbiyele

Willie Bester’s “For those left behind” artwork at the Rupert Museum

From may 18th 2019 to May 10th 2020, the Rupert Museum of Cape Town is presenting The Cape Town Trienniale, an exhibtion that brings together a selection of contemporary artists having participating to this event since the beginning. The exhibition mix every artwork exhibited during the Triennale as well as some more recent works from those same artists. All selected artists interrogate and work aroung socio-political subjects.

Exhibition view – « Africa Remix», 2005 ©universes-in-universe

In this framework, the Collection Leridon lends the artwork “For those left behind” created by Willie Bester in 2003 and then exhibited in “Africa Remix” in 2005.

Matthias Leridon in Willie Bester’s studio ©Elodie Gregoire
Willie Bester in front of “For those left behind” artwork during The Cape Town Triennals ©Rupert Museum

Willie Bester’s work is influenced by social consciousness. He is inspiring from the forgotten in order to create strong, figurative and audacious artworks.

« My art must be taken as a drug with an unpleasant taste to awaken consciences.” says the artist. Rooted in the “Resistance Art” movement, his job is to make viewers reflect on the injustices of his country.

Exhibtion view – « The Cape Town Triennals » ©Rupert Museum

“For those left behind” follows a previous artwork made in 2001 and entitled “Dogs of War”. These two sculptures refer to the August 2001 scandal surrounding the North East Rand police dog unit in Johannesburg, which shocked South Africa as a whole. The case concerned three Mozambican migrants assaulted by the dogs of the police group, who voluntarily launched them. Willie Bester then decides to represent one of the attackers accompanied by his dog. The materials used allow him to transcribe the fright of this episode and in a certain way, to dehumanize it.

Exhibited artists : Marion Arnold, Deborah Bell, Willie Bester, Steven Cohen, Keith Dietrich, Philippa Hobbs, Sfiso KaMkame, William Kentridge, Karel Nel, Stanley Pinker, Peter Schütz, Helen Sebidi, Penelope Siopis et Diane Victor.

Artworks from the Collection presented at Natixis Wealth Management

The works in the collection are regularly presented in France and internationally.
At Natixis’s office, Gervanne and Matthias Leridon have decided to exhibit some symbolic works that show all the power of two countries that are very dear to them: the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa.

In the firt ground: Rigobert Nimi, Prédator, 2014
In the back ground, left to right, Kudzanai Chiurai, Revelations V, 2011
Shula, Course médiatisée, 2013

“Two-headed collection with multiple favorites, the DRC with Kinshasa and South Africa are undoubtedly our two adoptive countries in Africa. “To live in Kin” is to dive into an Africa living at the speed of light for art and creation. Here artists invent the world of the 21st century, they build the cities of the future by stacking tubes of toothpaste and urban debris. Kinshasa is the artistic capital of Central Africa shining on the rest of the continent. Since the painters of street signs, this capital continues to provoke and remains an unparalleled springboard still today. The DRC is art giving life. ” 

We had the chance to meet and develop a deep personal relationship with Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, which is why South Africa is our second home. In this great, huge country, the power of artistic creation is shaping the contours of a new democracy. South Africa has shown, shows and will show ways of humanity and modernity that transcend the wounds of a past or present. And, we have chosen to present tonight South African artists who, by their diversity, illustrate the plurality of this new democracy. “

Left to right: Chéri Samba, L’espoir fait vivre, 1989
Athi-Patra Ruga, Azania in waiting CIRCA 2008-2009 (NIHIL REICH), 2017
Gervanne et Matthias Leridon in front of the Jesus H. Christ of Kendell Geers, 2015

Were exposed:

  • Athi-Patra Ruga, Azania in waiting CIRCA 2008 – 2009 (NIHIL REICH), 2015
  • Bodys Isek Kingelez, Kin Star, 2010
  • Cameron Platter, Unity in Diversity, 2013
  • Camille-Piere BODO Pambu dit Bodo, Avec l’argent on peut toucher le monde, 2007
  • Chéri Samba, Barack Obama, 2010
  • Chéri Samba, L’espoir fait vivre, 1989
  • David Goldblatt, Schoolboy, Hillbrow, 1972
  • David Goldblatt, Shop Assistant, Orlando West, 1972
  • Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Sans titre, 2018
  • Freddy Tsimba, Silhouette effacée 490, 2014
  • Jean-Bosco Mosengo dit Shula, Course médiatisée, 2013
  • Kendell Geers, Jesus H. Christ, 2006
  • Kudzanai Chiurai, Revelations V, 2011
  • Mega Mingiedi Tunga, Ne pas regarder et regarder, 2016
  • Nicholas Hlobo, Nalo ikhwezi alinyulu, 2015
  • Rigobert Nimi, Prédator, 2014
  • Willie Bester, Water Pump, 2006

Kamuanga’s painting “Entre nous» exhibited at the Vestfossen, Norway

From May 4th to September 21th, the Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, present “Kubatana”, an exhibition curated by Kristin Hjellegjerde.

Affiche de l’exposition Kubatana au  Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium

Kubatana is a term in shona language in the Zimbabwe traduced by the curator as “togetherness”. This word seems to Kristin Hjellegjerde during a trip in Africa where she met artists and note “They work together, help each other, and build and share studios, mentoring their peers and inspiring their children and the next generation of young artists.”

The curator invites the public to discover this fraternity thought the visions of thirty for artistes from nineteen Africans country. “Kubatana” proposed a rich selection of productions with different mediums and styles.

For this exposition, the Leridon collection is pleased to lend “Entre nous”, a painting by Eddy Kamuanga a Congoleses artist produced in 2015.

Vue d’installation – Entre nous, 2015, Acrylique et huile sur toile, 180 x 200 cm ©Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga. Credit photo: Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium

Gervanne and Matthias Leridon met Eddy Kamuanga around five years during a trip to Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) when he was 22 and realised his first exhibition. Without artifices, the artist explained his research about his original country and the history of the Mangbetu people, a population from Sudan south living in the north of the Congo.

The first thing which marked them was the mix between the modernity of the production and the artist’s search who tried to found his origins thanks to his meeting with Mangbetu people.

The integrated circuit drawing in the dark figures are like rhizomes, some roots growing. The artist mixed traditions (symbolic objects, rituals of Mangbetu people) and pop culture forms (fluorescent fabric) using actual numeric imagery. He represents women with hidden faces, often hunched, in currents scenes lived by Mangbetus peoples like the shame and loneliness, to enable to remember at the young African generation prey to his identity, the importance of his traditional history. He peis tribute to the woman as vector of the transmission of traditions, in particular his mother who supported alone her entire family with her sandal business.

Entre nous, 2015, Acrylique et huile sur toile, 180 x 200 cm ©Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, courtesy collection Gervanne & Matthias Leridon

Artists exposed:

Dawit Abebe (Ethiopia), Aboudia (Côte d’Ivoire), Igshaan Adams (South Africa), Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou (Republic of Benin), Amina Agueznay (Morocco), Lhola Amira (South Africa), Joël Andrianomearisoa (Madagascar), Younes Baba-Ali (Morocco), Yassine Balbzioui (Morocco), Takunda Regis Billiat (Zimbabwe), Armand Boua (Côte d’Ivoire), Lizette Chirrime (Mozambique), Gerald Chukwuma (Nigeria), Serge Attulowei Clottey (Ghana), Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan), Gabrielle Goliath (South Africa), Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga (Democratic Republic of Congo), Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya), Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique),  Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Troy Makaza (Zimbabwe), Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Wycliffe Mundopa (Zimbabwe), Niyi Olagunju (Nigeria), Sadikou Oukpedjo (Togo), Cinga Samson (South Africa), Amadou Sanogo (Mali), Ephrem Solomon (Ethiopia), Sanlé Sory (Burkina Faso), Khadidiatiou Sow (Senegal), Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Botswana), Moffat Takadiwa (Zimbabwe), Billie Zangewa (Malawi).

Mega Mingiedi at the Museum Joanneum of Graz and at the Kunsthalle of Tubingen, Germany.

From September 22th 2018 to January 27th 2019, the Museum Joanneum in Graz, Austria has presented the exhibition « Congo Stars ». From March 9th 2019 to June 30th 2019, the exhibition will be hosted by the  KUNSTHALLE TÜBINGEN.

In this framework, a diptych created by Mega Mingiedi is loaned by Gervanne and Matthias Collection.

Poster of “Congo Stars” exhibition

“Congo Stars” exhibition showcases contemporary Congolese artists most representative of the national landscape from the 1960s. Split into six themes (exploitation, mythology/spirituality, bar, public stars/heroes, market/streets/urban space), the exhibition takes as a guide the chronology of important events in the history of the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Mega Mingiedi is a very committed artist in his society. He is an active member of the collective Eza-POSSIBLES Kinshasa, a group of artists whose objective is to make contemporary art closer to the reality and daily life of Kinshasa.

View of the exhibition at Museum Joanneum. At the forefront the artwork “Mobutu” of Mega Mingiedi. ©Universalmuseum Joanneum / N.Lackner.

His work focuses on urban space and the place of citizens in the city. It is therefore natural that his works integrate the chapter “STREET” of the exhibition.

Mobutu, 2018, Mixed media (collage, pen, pencil, chineese ink) on paper
©MegaMingiedi, Courtesy Collection Gervanne & Matthias Leridon

Mobutu (2018) is a diptych he describes as focusing on the reign of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko (1965-1997). According to Mingiedi, this is the only political figure who would have had the opportunity to change the situation for the Congo. Unfortunately, his own pharaonic and ill project adapted to the needs of the country, turned against him. For this reason, according to the artist, he can be considered as a figure who has greatly contributed to the crisis that is now reducing the DRC to chaos and ruin.

Kabila Mzee, 2018, Mixed media (collage, pen, pencil, chineese ink) on paper
©MegaMingiedi, Courtesy Collection Gervanne & Matthias Leridon

His work “Kabila mzee” (2018) deals with the former Congolese head of state, Laurent-Désiré Kabila. “Mzee” literally the Old Man, the Sage, is considered as a “national hero” in Congo. This section of the diptych is about the mystery of the end of his reign.  This process that led to it begins well ahead with the legacy left by Europeans but also African predecessors. The artist thinks that it is by getting interested in this inheritance that one will be able to reach the truth and overcome the confusion of the contradictory versions concerning the assassination of Kabila father.

All artists presented in this exhibition:

Alfi Alfa (Alafu Bulongo), Apollo, Prince Badra, Sammy Baloji, David N. Bernatchez, Kiripi, Gilbert Banza Nkulu, Chéri Benga (Hyppolite Benga Nzau), Junior Bilaka, Bodo (Camille-Pierre Pambu Bodo), Claude Bosana, Dominique Bwalya Mwando, Chéri Cherin, (Joseph Kinkonda), Trésor Cherin, (Nzeza Lumbu), Revital Cohen et Tuur Van Balen, Revital Cohen, Edisak, Ekunde (Bosoku), Sam Ilus (Mbombe Ilunga), Jean Kamba, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Kasongo, Jean Mukendi Katambayi, Kayembe F, Aundu Kiala, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Ange Kumbi, Hilaire Balu Kuyangiko, Lady Kambulu, Gosette Lubondo, Lukany, Ernest Lungieki, George Makaya Lusavuvu, Tinda Lwimba, Mah Magoah, Développement Mani, Maurice Mbikayi, Mbuëcky Jumeaux (de Mbvecky Frères), Micha JP Mika (Jean Paul Nsimba), Mega Mingiedi Tunga, Moke (Monsengo Kejwamfi),Moke-Fils (Jean Marie Mosengo Odia), Mson Becha Shérif Décor, Musondo, Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, Nkaz Mav, Vincent Nkulu, Chéri Samba (Samba wa Mbimba N’Zingo Nuni Masi Ndo Mbasi), SAPINart (Makengele Mamungwa), Monsengo Shula , Sim Simaro (Nsingi Simon), Soku Ldj, Maître SYMS (Bayangu Mayala), Marciano Tajho, Tambwe, Tshibumba Kanda Matulu, Pathy Tshindele Kapinga, Turbo..